Trad jazz icon Acker returns to Royal & Derngate

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Trad jazz icon, Acker Bilk, will look back on a musical career in its seventh decade when he brings his Paramount Jazz Band to Royal & Derngate this weekend.

Acker’s distinctive deep, quavering clarinet tone is as instantly recognisable as his trademark goatee, striped waistcoat and bowler hat.

It made him an international star when Stranger On The Shore hit the number one spot in the UK and US in 1962, the second in a run of 11 top 50 hit singles.

Acker puts his signature sound down to his losing half a finger, while sledging, and two teeth in a school punch-up as a youngster.

Acker has battled and overcome throat cancer, helped by his enthusiasm for painting.

More than 50 years since his first number one, both his enthusiasm and his legendary technique remain undimmed. Acker Bilk And His Paramount Jazz Band play on Saturday, September 7 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost from £18. To book call 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk.